After Eastleigh

article-0-185A0CC4000005DC-603_306x423Your humble blogger here could have voted for Maria Hutchings – why not? Her views on many matters are mine, she’s a married mother of four and clearly of the area she would have represented, she’s of middle England, in which I’m at my most comfortable and it looks as if her voting record would be dry. If I’d met her, I’d have got on with her and though she wasn’t really up to the task, she’s a thousand times better than the ignochicks Mensch, May, Smith et al and now this Lane Fox Martha person.

So was Diane James good [anyone with James in the name is generally all right as far as I’m concerned]. I can’t understand this thing of going on at Nigel for not standing. For goodness sake – if the party is to become the new conservative party, it has to field quality candidates and Diane James is talented, experienced and genuine – she’s a damned good candidate for UKIP.

Nigel was absolutely right not to stand because there is a Nigel factor and in a Lib Dem area, it might not have gone down so well. How much of the 28% was Nigel and how much Diane herself? I suspect a lot of the latter. I could have voted for her too.

And that’s what UKIP must now do – it must avoid the loon tag, even avoid the likes of my type as PPCs and start to put Diane Jameses or James Dianes [the male equivalent] into place. The route is council elections and the Europarliament but more the former – get a base built up, get about in the constituencies, be present and clear in the message.

But above all, they must remain open to people’s wishes as a nation and into protecting freedoms because that’s what conservatism should be – classical liberalism, verging on libertarianism.

There’s a palpable excitement now about UKIP, not just as the protest vote or the one trick pony but as middle England represented.

Don’t get me wrong – of course we have to dump party politics within the decade because it is hijacked and asphyxiated by Them and party politics is a hijacked game but there has to be a route in to actually do that, to wrest control from the elite and this is one way in – by degrees, getting good people like Diane James on the ground in every borough.

This view in comments [below] pretty well sums up how disillusioned conservatives feel:

The Conservative Party will never be elected to government with Cameron and his placed progressive liberal conservatives (WTF is that?), still there. No real conservative would ever vote for such lily livered, weak, and inherently ‘Anti-Conservative’ policies.

UKIP holds the center stage of politics and there’s no reason why it should not continue to climb and surge until it gains seats. It has policies. People know what it stands for. They can trust it and trust its leader to do what he says he will do if given the chance.

Cameron should never have been made leader and the entire party is to blame for that. He WANTS immigration to continue as it is. He WANTS the EU to continue. He WANTS to continue to change the culture of this country same as Blair, and he puts his gay friends above the people he is there to serve.

Such arrogance cannot be rewarded.

Amen.

Look, it’s not the final answer, which is direct democracy and I’d have a merit factor in there but shan’t push that now. UKIP has enormous flaws which have to be fixed and it must get electable people of principle in place. If it does that, then they’d walk into power because that’s what people are after – PPCs of integrity and decency, perhaps with a sense of humour, who can be relied on to do as they say they will as our representatives.

Nigel must not blow it, must not let it go to his head. He’s way beyond being open to the Tories now, working with them or going into coalition with them – he should now be seriously into replacing them as a political force, taking the true conservatives with him and eventually calling them some name – I don’t know, United Kingdom Party perhaps.

Had to smile at his take on the result: “We might have won but the Tories came in and split our vote.”

There must be open preselection and if he gets dumped as leader, then so be it. Keep the pressure on him to keep upping his game.

I believe UKIP are far more now than just a flash in the pan or a protest vote. I believe they are replacing the Tories in people’s minds and the best parts of conservatism.

Exhibit 1 – Man in a Shed. Staunch Tory for so long, not enamoured of my apparent treachery towards the Tories as a blogger some years back when taking a set against Cameron and Co but now writing:

Labour can’t win anywhere south of the M4 – so if you want to punish the Coalition in Eastleigh vote UKIP.

Make a real difference – vote UKIP. As an added bonus UKIP clearly have the best candidate who would make the best MP.

Absolutely. Mind you, the Lib Dem was a halfway reasonable person, he seems a good person at heart but of course, his head is stuffed with maggots politically.

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Here’s an interesting take on the result.

7 comments for “After Eastleigh

  1. Greg Tingey
    March 1, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Problem.
    We do not want Millipede as PM (even though my local Labour MP is really excellent)
    Camoron cannot be trusted – like every PM since Jim Callaghan, who did the right thing, as an ex-Navy man, he (C) is a traitor.
    Can one Guaruantee a Con-UKIP coalition? No, you can’t.
    It is going to careful tactical voting in just about every single seat – very difficult.

    I have only one problem with UKIP (maybe two)
    1] They seem to have been infected by christianity, euw.
    1.5] OUT of EU – YES. IN Shengen, please? ( Yes you CAN control who lives in the country, the scare-stories about Shengen are just that. )

  2. March 1, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Greg, you’re right on Millipede but I think voters have his measure. UKIP are not “infected” by Christianity – they are pro-family, an entirely different thing. And yes – Cameron cannot be trusted at all. He’s a worm. UKIP have a lot of groundwork to do now on the infrastructure.

    The other issue is as they move north past Watford Gap. How they will do up this way, Labour’s heartland, will be interesting. I’m not sure they understand up here.

    • James Strong
      March 1, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      I am pro-family, but not a Christian, or religious at all.

      You are right to point out that they are different things.

      I will vote UKIP in the next election I have a vote in.

  3. Stephen Brown
    March 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Previously I have always voted Conservative, we have an excellent Cons.MP representing us in his constituency. Unfortunately for him, Cameron has driven me away from the Conservatives permanently.
    The country’s economy is in a complete mess (thank you Labour) but despite all their big talk, the Conservatives have done nothing at all to try and right the wrongs perpetrated by Labour.
    The country is over-burdened with immigrants, both legal and illegal and Cameron has the gall to ask for more to come from India! He has no intention whatsoever to try and prevent the flood of Romanians (mostly Roma) coming at the end of this year. Have you seen how they live in their homeland? How long before they reduce their ghettoes here to the same state?
    All Cameron can do is waffle on about same-sex ‘marriage (an impossibility, marriage is between a man and a woman), how banning smoking in a private vehicle is a ‘good idea’ and all whilst ignoring the fact that the NHS has killed at least 1,200 people in one hospital alone!
    If my vote in any election is of the slightest value then it is going to UKIP

  4. March 1, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    This is the issue, Stephen. i know some very good Conservative MPs but they’re swamped by the Cameronites and coerced to say and do nothing, on pain of their seats. They know what they have to do but it’s an almighty wrench to admit the party they’ve always known and loved has become a parody. I see no signs of revolt at Conservative Home a few minutes ago – just bleating about how terrible or flash in the pan UKIP are.

    • Stephen Brown
      March 1, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      I think that Eastleigh has shown that the voting population do not consider UKIP to be ‘a flash in the pan’, not by a long way.
      I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Farage does not wreck UKIP’s growing popularity with some off-the-cuff remark. The other political parties will really ‘big it up’.

    • Stephen Brown
      March 1, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      My MP is Andrew Tyrie, one of only three MPs in the entire House to vote against the Climate Change Act! He always responds to any communication sent to him by any of his constituents. He’s a good MP.

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